Al Laith orders two Genie SX-180 telescopic booms
Al Laith to become first Middle Eastern owner of Genie’s 57m monster
Al Laith has revealed that it will soon take delivery of the region’s first Genie SX-180 telescopic boom.
The UAE-headquartered firm has ordered two of Genie’s self-propelled giants, the first of which is due to arrive in Dubai within the next two months.
With maximum working heights of 57m, the units will become the largest aerial work platforms (AWPs) in Al Laith’s 325-strong fleet.
“When it comes to the UAE, buildings tend to go up rather than out, so contractors need machines that can get their men into high-up workplaces,” said Tim Richards, divisional manager for powered access at Al Laith.
“Genie’s SX-180 represents the fastest and most economical way of getting workers up to those heights,” he told PMV.
In addition to its maximum working height of 56.86m, the SX-180 boasts a 24.38m horizontal reach and a lift capacity of 340kg. Moreover, the Genie-designed extendable and retractable X-chassis delivers increased jobsite stability while keeping the AWP’s narrow transport profile intact.
Although the first Genie SX-180 is yet to arrive in the UAE, Richards gained firsthand experience of the machine during a recent visit to the manufacturer’s Seattle facility.
Al Laith has a longstanding relationship with Genie, whose products comprise over half of the firm’s AWP fleet. Richards is confident that the latest model will meet the high standards that he and his colleagues have come to expect from the brand.
“Genie makes high-quality utility platforms,” he said.
“They’re well made, and a huge amount of experience goes into their design and manufacture. When it comes to our rental fleet, Genie AWPs are reliable, cost effective, and we make money with them. That’s what it’s all about,” said Richards.
So far, Al Laith has placed an order for two SX-180 telescopic booms, but the firm will consider increasing this number should demand warrant such action.